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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Post-NFL Draft

- Updated: Tuesday, May 8th

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Teams will continue to tweak their rosters leading up to the start of the 2018 NFL season. With the 2018 NFL Draft behind us (and the start of free agency before that), however, we have a pretty good idea of what all 32 teams will look like for the upcoming season.

Granted, much of what we know now will be wrong as the season plays itself out. Perhaps that's what makes the NFL so exciting. Either way, the majority of national sites have published their post-draft NFL power rankings, allowing us to post our consensus rankings.

Throughout the 2018 NFL season, we will update our consensus rankings from a variety of national sites.

Below you will find a table of our NFL Power Rankings ranked by average as well as their respective rankings at various sites:

RankTeamAvg.ESPNNFLCBSUSAT
1Philadelphia Eagles1.001111
2New England Patriots2.252322
3Minnesota Vikings4.505544
4Los Angeles Rams5.256285
5Jacksonville Jaguars5.507438
5New Orleans Saints5.504657
Continue to full consensus 2018 NFL Power Rankings

2018 Fantasy Football Profile: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

While the Houston Texans traded up to draft their franchise quarterback, the plan wasn't for him to see the field in 2017.

That plan lasted all of 30 minutes.

Taking over for a benched Tom Savage, it didn't take long for Deshaun Watson to become a fantasy stud before his season ended prematurely due to a torn ACL (Week 8). Despite the season-ending injury last season, all signs point to a recovery timeline that appears to be ahead of schedule.

In his final four games, Watson finished as fantasy's QB1 or QB2 in ALL four games. Meanwhile, he scored 32-plus fantasy points in three of those four games.

Over that four-game stretch, the rookie signal-caller threw for 1,171 yards and 16 touchdowns while also rushing for 145 yards and a score.

Watson's dual-threat abilities provide him with a solid weekly floor and tremendous upside. Rushing for a 34/253/2 line in six starts, that per-game pace of 5.67/42.17/0.33 is the equivalent of 6.22 fantasy points per game from his rushing stats alone.

Even though he missed slightly more than half the season, no quarterback averaged more fantasy points on a per-game basis than Watson (24.1). The only other quarterbacks that averaged 20-plus fantasy points per game were Carson Wentz (21.8) and Russell Wilson (21.7).

- Continue reading our Deshaun Watson 2018 Fantasy Football Profile

2018 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

Our fantasy football strength of schedule helps fantasy owners determine which teams and players have favorable (or unfavorable) schedules for the 2018 season.

Based on each team's scheduled opponents through Week 16, which is the championship round in most fantasy leagues, we have tallied the average fantasy points allowed by each of their opponents to the position.

While strength of schedule should not be the sole factor in determining who to draft/add, it could help potentially break a tie between two players that you may view as comparable.

Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS)

The top-five fantasy strength of schedules for quarterbacks are below:

RankTeamPlayerAverage PPGFantasy Playoffs
1Jacksonville JaguarsBlake Bortles16.3647.94
1Washington RedskinsAlex Smith16.3645.14
3Houston TexansDeshaun Watson15.9650.01
4Chicago BearsMitchell Trubisky15.8647.89
5Denver BroncosCase Keenum15.852.99
2018 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule

- Note: Average PPG are based on Weeks 1 to 16; Fantasy playoffs based on Weeks 14 to 16.

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Way-too-early 2019 NFL Mock Draft

- Updated: April 19th

The Huddle Report tracks NFL Mock Draft Accuracy and EDSFootball's Kevin Hanson ranks 2nd among experts tracked over the past five years. In addition, his 2015 NFL mock was the most accurate among the 113 tracked that year.

We are one week away from the 2018 NFL Draft, so naturally, I've just posted my 2019 NFL Mock Draft.

Yes, 2019. (That wasn't a typo.)

Of course, we wouldn't project how the 2019 NFL Draft could shake our without already posting our 2018 NFL mock draft.

With the 2019 draft more than a year away, the draft order, the prospects that will declare early, how next year's free agency will shape team needs, etc. are all as clear as mud.

I'm not here to tell you that I have all of that figured out.

Based on what we know today, however, this is a preview of how the 2019 NFL Draft could play out. But of course you should take it with a massive grain of salt as so much will change between now and then.

The draft order for this mock was determined by using the inverse order of our consensus NFL power rankings (average ranking from a variety of national media outlets). One exception is we made sure that the 12 playoff teams were represented evenly by the AFC and NFC.

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With all of that said, here's our way-too-early 2019 NFL mock draft:

1. Indianapolis Colts (Draft History): Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

At this point, who knows what the Colts will get from Andrew Luck in 2018? Yet to throw an NFL-sized football, a wait-and-see approach is probably best considering how last season played out. I suppose if the Colts are picking first, there's a good chance that Luck did not play (another season) and a quarterback would be in play here.

Second-to-last in the NFL in sacks (25) last season, the Colts are likely to target edge rusher Bradley Chubb in the 2018 NFL Draft. But even if they fall to him at No. 6, you can never have too many pass-rushers. With first-round draft pedigree (father John and brother Joey), Bosa was named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year as a true sophomore as the former five-star recruit led the Buckeyes in tackles for loss (16), sacks (8.5) and QB pressures (nine).

2. Miami Dolphins (Draft History): Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

The Dolphins have been linked to Baker Mayfield as much as any other team throughout the draft process. If the Dolphins don't move up, it's unlikely that Mayfield falls outside the top 10 (and to them at No. 11). If they are selecting this high in 2019, they could have their pick of quarterbacks.

Possessing prototypical traits, Lock led college football with 43 touchdowns last season and may be the favorite to be the first signal-caller to hear his name called in 2019. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah wrote earlier this offseason that "Lock gets the most buzz ... (and) ... might have the highest ceiling" (of next year's crop of quarterbacks). "Everyone loves his size and arm strength."

- Continue to 2019 NFL Mock Draft